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Wheat Ridge Appoints Chris Miller As New Treasurer

The City of Wheat Ridge recently announced the appointment of Chris Miller as the City Treasurer, according to the city.

Miller has worked in various fiscal capacities within the City and County of Denver for the past 13 years. In addition to work in Denver’s Finance Department, he worked for six years in Denver’s Department of Public Works Capital Project Management Office and currently serves as the Controller for Denver’s Arts and Venues agency. He has a great deal of experience in developing annual capital improvement programs and operating budgets for a large department in a municipal government setting.

“The role of Treasurer is an important one ensuring that city assets are properly safeguarded and efficiently managed so the municipality can continue to effectively serve its residents and fulfill its purpose,” said Miller.

Miller currently serves as Treasurer for the Wheat Ridge Carnation Festival Board, as a volunteer for the Good Shepherd Church and School Annual Fish Fry, and as a member of the Denver Employees Volunteer Opportunities Annual Paint-a-Thon for seniors.

He received a Master of Science degree in Finance and another in Accounting from the University of Colorado Denver, and a Bachelor of Science, Business Administration degree with a double major in Accounting and Finance.

March 9 Is The Historical Society’s Purple & Green Party

Celebrate spring by wearing your favorite purple and/or green outfit to the Purple & Green Party, the Wheat Ridge Historical Society’s Second Saturday Event, March 9, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., at the historic Baugh House, West 44th Avenue and Robb Street. The event celebrates spring, International Women’s Day and St. Patrick’s Day, and the public is invited to make herb gardens, have snacks and enjoy tours of the Baugh House.

For more information, visit WheatRidgeHistoricalSociety.org or e-mail WRHistorical@gmail.com.

Risas Dental And Braces Offers Free Exams, X-Rays And Oral Health Education Throughout February

Risas Dental and Braces is offering free exams, x-rays, and dental care education for students during February, National Children’s Dental Health Month.

Parents can make an appointment for the free exam and x-rays at any of Risas’ bilingual offices – including 3815 Wadsworth Blvd., Wheat Ridge – by calling 720-536-0401 or booking online at www.risasdental.com. These services will be offered for all children ages 17 and under through Feb. 28.

Risas has partnered with various schools to bring dental health education into the classroom, including Wilmore-Davis Elementary, 7975 W. 41st Ave., Wheat Ridge. Instructors will hold 45-minute lessons that include educational games, flossing demonstrations, discussions about healthy foods for clean teeth and answers to student questions. Teachers will be left with goodie bags for each student that will include, toothpaste, toothbrushes, floss, and an hourglass brushing timer.

Founded in Phoenix in 2011, Risas Dental and Braces embraces a lifelong mission to change the way dentistry is offered in the United States, with 23 locations across Arizona, Colorado, Nevada, and Texas. Since their inception, Risas Dental and Braces has provided over $4 million in free dental care.

Visit www.RisasDental.com or connect with Risas Dental on Facebook www.facebook.com/RisasDental.

Food For Thought Catering Wins West Metro Chamber Award

Food for Thought Catering of Wheat Ridge received the West Metro Chamber’s Small Business of the Year Award during the group’s Chairman’s Gala on Feb. 1.

“Who would imagine that peeling potatoes and cracking eggs for all these years would result in an award,” said Suzanne Smith, owner of Food for Thought Catering. “About forty years ago another parent and I thought the students at Saints Peter and Paul school deserved more that a cold sack lunch everyday, so for six years, once a month during the school year, we came to the school and cooked a hot lunch for the students. Several years later, a woman asked me if I could do a rehearsal dinner for a wedding. I said ‘yes’ and Food for Thought Catering was born.”

The Chamber’s Small Business of the Year Award is given to a business that has shown the true meaning of being involved and engaged in improving the business community in Jefferson County.

Register Now For ‘Training For Serious Dog Lovers,’ April 6

Does your dog bark, refuse to come, pull on the leash, have separation anxiety, housebreaking issues, aggression or act destructively? Then sign up for “Canine 101: Training For Serious Dog Lovers,” April 6, 13 and 20, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. (location to be announced).

Through an in-depth look at real canine behavior cases presented by certified dog behaviorist Beverly Morgan, participants will gain new skills for day-to-day life with dogs. They will learn to interpret canine behavior correctly and what solutions to apply to problem behavior, and also the canine “blueprint” including four ways the canine communicates with each other and how human actions are interpreted by canines.

Designed for pet owners, canine professionals, and even kids who walk dogs and want a career working with dogs, it is presented in conjunction with Wheat Ridge Parks and Recreation. Dogs, however, must be left at home.

Pre-register at https://www.rootedinfun.com.

Red Rocks Offers Affordable Creative Writing Workshops Feb. 23 & March 16

Red Rocks Community College (RRCC) English Department invites community members to participate in one-day creative writing workshops on Saturday, Feb. 23, from 10 a.m. to 1p.m., and Saturday, March 16, from 1 to 4 p.m.

The February workshop will focus on “generative writing” exercises to help writers jumpstart their practice in any genre. The March workshop will focus on poetry, from generating new material to revision. Both workshops will be held on the Lakewood campus.

Finding time to write is a common challenge, so RRCC’s English faculty designed these workshops to help local writers launch a vibrant writing practice. These one-day workshops will serve busy community members who might not be able to commit to one of RRCC’s many semester-long creative writing classes.

Elyse Marsh and Amy Braziller will lead the Generative Writing workshop on Feb. 23. Both instructors are published writers who have taught at RRCC for many years and have coordinated the college’s student-run literary magazine, Obscura.

“It’s easy to resolve to write more, especially at the first of the year,” says Braziller. “This workshop will equip you to follow through with that commitment, from finding your writing self to revitalizing your creative impulse.”

Marsh adds, “You’ll leave with material you can build on – something you’ll be excited to get back to so you don’t lose that momentum.”

Paul Gallagher and Sandra McRae Sajbel will lead the Poetry workshop on March 16, on the Lakewood campus in room 1153.

“We’ll have ideas and exercises that any poet can run with,” says Gallagher, “whether you’re seasoned in your craft or just starting out. Sometimes it’s that outside influence that really shakes things loose and before you know it, you’ve got a piece you can be proud of.”

“Yes, stirring the pot is always good,” adds McRae. “And with poetry, sometimes even a subtle shift really makes the difference between an adequate poem and one that opens up and really stays with the reader.”

The workshop fee is $25.

To register for either workshop or both, please call 303-914-6221. Questions? Contact Sandra Sajbel at sandra.sajbel@rrcc.edu.

Lutheran Medical Center Named to Healthgrades 2019 America’s 50 Best Hospitals

Lutheran Medical Center has achieved the Healthgrades 2019 America’s 50 Best Hospitals Award, according to a release from Lutheran. The distinction places the hospital in the top 1 percent of more than 4,500 hospitals assessed nationwide for consistent, year-over-year superior clinical performance as measured by Healthgrades, the leading online resource for comprehensive information about physicians and hospitals.

Lutheran has received this distinction for the second consecutive year and has been ranked in America’s 100 Best Hospitals for the previous five years. Lutheran is one of two Colorado hospitals (the other is SCL Good Samaritan) in a five-state region – Colorado, Wyoming, Nebraska, New Mexico, Utah – to be recognized in the top 1 percent nationwide.

From 2015 through 2017, patients treated in hospitals achieving the Healthgrades America’s 50 Best Hospitals award had, on average, a 27.1 percent lower risk of dying than if they were treated in hospitals that did not receive the award, as measured across 19 rated conditions and procedures for which mortality is the outcome. That claim is based on Healthgrades analysis of MedPAR data for years 2015 through 2017 and represent 3-year estimates for Medicare patients only.

Based on the same data during that period, if all hospitals performed similarly to those achieving the award, 182,721 lives could potentially have been saved. For example, patients treated for heart attack in hospitals achieving the Healthgrades America’s 50 Best Hospitals Award have, on average, a 25.2 percent lower risk of dying than if they were treated in hospitals that did not receive the award.

Recipients of the Healthgrades America’s 50 Best Hospitals Award are recognized for overall clinical excellence across a broad spectrum of care. During the 2019 study period (2015 through 2017), these hospitals showed superior performance in clinical outcomes for patients in the Medicare population across at least 21 of 32 most common inpatient conditions and procedures – as measured by objective performance data (risk-adjusted mortality and in-hospital complications).

For information about how Healthgrades determines award recipients, visit www.healthgrades.com/quality.

Wheat Ridge Active Adult Center Seeks Trip Volunteers

The Wheat Ridge Active Adult Center is seeking volunteer trip drivers/guides. The Active Adult Center provides trips to groups of active adults (age 50 or better) to a variety of locations around the Denver metro area and beyond. Trips include concerts, museums, festivals, the mountains, happy hours, restaurants, train rides, visits to the hot springs, shopping, tastings of Victorian tea, the theater, escape rooms, and more! Activities also include trips for outdoor recreation such as walking, hiking and skiing/snowshoeing. 

All volunteers are provided with training and support. Volunteers must love having fun, exploring new and familiar places, and meeting and assisting seniors. Volunteers must be at least 21 years old, have a valid driver’s license and a clean driving record, as well as have current vehicle insurance. Volunteers must commit to attending required training and driving at least one trip a month and up to four trips that can last from 3 to 8 hours.   

Applications are available online www.rootedinfun.com/VolunteerApp or contact Christine Leahy, Trip Coordinator, Wheat Ridge Active Adult Center, 303-205-7510.